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Question DetailsAsked on 8/7/2013

am selling my house and having to put my household items in storage is it best to use short term or long term storage unit

i will be living in an apartment for about a year before moving into another house 3 states away

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That is a tough decision. Unclear to me if the apartment and future house are near each other or not - I assume yes, and you mean both are 3 states away from where you are now.

If you are likely to need access to the stuff, probably better to put into a self-storage locker at your destination area, probably best close to the house if you are SURE you will be moving there. Your moving company can still handle unloading and loading for you, though going into a locker obviously you will not be able to inspect for damage. If you will be moving yourself from apartment to house this would probably be your best deal, as you can progressively move the stuff out of the locker into the house when available, at your own timing and leisure.

If you are positive you will not need to access any of it for the year, storing with the moving and storage company that you are movning with might be cheapest, though it is not private storage - just on pallets labelled with your name and move number stacked on big racks in a big warehouse. Accessible in a pinch at a charge, but not something you can access at will. Generally about 1/2-2/3 cost of a self-storage unit, because it is a large warehouse rather than individual locked lockers or bays, and does not have significant staffing needs. Is somewhat more susceptibl to theft, particularly in large cities.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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